Happy 4th of July! It is a day for celebration, and therefore a day to be extra cautious on the roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that the 4th of July is one of the most dangerous days to be out on the road: nearly half of the fatal car accidents are related to alcohol, and there are often more accidents on July 4th weekend than any other weekend of the year.
July 4th is on a Wednesday this year, so you will likely find people celebrating the weekend before, the weekend after and the day of. Since the roads are bound to have a few intoxicated drivers, here are some ways you can avoid an accident:
- Drive early. Most alcohol-related car accidents happen late at night, usually after the parade and fireworks have concluded.
- Distance yourself from careless drivers. Over time, drivers develop a sixth sense for spotting dangerous drivers: weaving in and out of lanes, speeding up and slowing down seemingly at random, making risky maneuvers, etc. Try to pass or stay well behind these drivers.
- Report dangerous drivers. If you notice someone driving dangerously, pull over and call the authorities. Give them an approximate description of the vehicle, the driver’s behavior and the location. Taking this extra measure could save lives.
The roads will be dangerous throughout the week, but do your best to avoid drunk drivers. If you or a loved sustains injuries from a drunk driver this weekend, contact our office for a free consultation.
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” – Proverbs 20:1